Virtual Worlds: You too can be a god!

The BBC just held a conference on Virtual Worlds and Children. Findings from a study funded by the BBC were presented. The presentation is here.

What scared me a little was the value ranked #2 as a benefit to children. With all the press around how the millenials are bitter about having to work for a living, want special treatment etc…I’m just wondering what we are instilling in future generations if we encourage them to “become creators and have control over elements of a world”. It just seems a little too “god complex” to me? if you grow up controlling the world inside the box…do you then have less ability to deal with situations where you aren’t in control? Are we in danger of raising an entire generation of control freaks? how will this teach kids that they can’t control everything and give them the skills they need in the adult world around this fact of life?